Austin AFTE 23 Less Lethal Workshop

In May 2023, we assisted the Association of Firearm and Tool mark Examiners (AFTE) with some live fire demonstrations of common less lethal platforms.

Pepperball, FN303, ARWEN, 12 gauge and CTS 40mm systems were fired by students into static targets and ballistic media to simulate flight and impact characteristics. As scientists, we must also determine what evidence may remain after an incident for collection and analysis.

Less Lethal Rounds
.68 caliber pneumatics: FN303, Pepperball VKS
Impacts into Synthetic Ballistic Gel

Fun with Edgertronic

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Less Lethal Rubber Buckshot

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ARWEN 37mm



Due to the wonderful generosity of #Edgertronic,  we borrowed one of their premier high speed video cameras, the SC2+, for an extended time. We were able to do some fantastic experiments and demonstrations related to firearm cycle of fire, bullet impacts, and less lethal weapons. WDF showcased that work at the NTOA conference (National Tactical Officer’s Assocaition) in Orlando,  August 2019. Our seminar, “A Holistic Approach of Police Weapons” was presented to an international audience which received great reviews.

45 Ricochet

Bullet Ricochet

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CTS Flash Bang